I've started to print some of my photos, but this has led me on a path where I do not know if I'm doing things right, and I'm asked questions that I do not know the answers to. Here goes:
- I use Ubuntu (18.04), Darktable (2.6) and Gimp (2.10).
- My photos are taken in "Adobe RGB" color space. I have this option set in both cameras.
- With Agryll I color-calibrated my monitor with a Spyder 4 Elite. Agryll's profile is installed system-wide. (On my desktop I choose Settings -> Devices -> Color and see the profile installed for my monitor.)
- When I edit an image that I want to print, I choose "Adobe RGB" under "Output Color Profile" in Darktable.
- When I export the image from Darktable, I choose TIFF, 16 bit and "Adobe RGB" as profile.
- When I import the images into Gimp, Gimp asks me if I want to convert the images to sRGB. I say no, because Adobe RGB is better.
- After my work is over, I save the image again as a TIFF and take it to where I want to print it.
- The reason I want to save it as TIFF, 16 bit, and Adobe RGB is because the image contains more color and more information because the person (s) who print the image (in collaboration with) often work in the picture executes me) to do it exactly right.
My questions are:
- I do not need to install a profile for my monitor in Gimp or Darktable because both Gimp and Darktable (by default) use the system-wide profile. Without having to make a setting in Gimp / Darktable?
- Is the above workflow with 16-bit TIFF and "Adobe RGB" the right way to get as much information as possible in the picture on the go?
- Why does Gimp ask me when opening the TIFF file in Gimp, whether I want to convert from a built-in profile to "sRGB"? My understanding is that "Adobe RGB" is better?
- Is there something I should keep in mind that I did not mention? Or am I missing something? How should I set or check Darktable / Gimp?
In the last three days darctable has exported 2.6.2 to empty JPEG files. I export raw NEF from my Nikon D3400.